Germany’s Olaf Scholz takes over from Merkel as chancellor –

EPA Olaf Scholz has been sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor, bringing to an end Angela Merkel’s historic 16 years as leader. He was voted in by the German parliament, where his three-party coalition has a substantial majority, and given a standing ovation. His centre-left Social Democrats will govern alongside the Greens and the business-friendly […]Read More

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Booster Offers Protection Against Omicron

Pfizer said Wednesday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine may protect against the new omicron variant even though the initial two doses appear significantly less effective. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said lab tests showed a booster dose increased by 25-fold the level of so-called neutralizing antibodies against omicron. Advertisement Pfizer announced the […]Read More

Omicron threat may be countered with extra dose of vaccine

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) – The earliest studies on the Omicron variant are in and the glimpse they are providing is cautiously optimistic: While vaccines like the one made by Pfizer and BioNTech may be less powerful against the new variant, protection can be fortified with boosters. Studies from South Africa and Sweden are showing that […]Read More

Serena Williams confirms she won’t play Australian Open; Novak Djokovic

2:15 AM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Not long after Serena Williams‘ name was absent from the entry list for the Australian Open, she confirmed the obvious: the seven-time champion won’t play the 2022 edition of the season-opening major in January. The 40-year-old Williams hasn’t played since retiring from her first-round match at Wimbledon […]Read More

WHO, US scientists say Omicron no worse than other Covid-19

GENEVA (AFP) – The Omicron variant appears to be no worse than other coronavirus strains, top scientists from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States told AFP, while cautioning that more research is needed to judge its severity. The hopeful assessments came as global concern grew over the heavily mutated variant, which has […]Read More

Chancellor Scholz takes reins from Merkel for new German era

BERLIN (AFP) – Social Democrat Olaf Scholz was sworn in as Germany’s ninth post-war chancellor on Wednesday (Dec 8), succeeding Angela Merkel as her 16 years in power came to an end. Mr Scholz, 63, took the oath of office in the chamber of the Bundestag lower house of parliament from speaker Baerbel Bas, after […]Read More